CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A motorcyclist died in an accident in north Charlotte Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

It happened in the 1300 block of Ridge Road. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the motorcycle ran off the road and hit a guardrail. 

The victim was identified as 65-year-old Phillip Allen Reed. 

The cause of the accident was under investigation; however, CMPD said excessive speed was believed to be a factor.

Stay with NBC Charlotte for the latest on this developing story.